2018 Market Summary for Anna Maria Island by Lawrence Chatt, Broker

Results are in for Anna Maria Island Real Estate for 2018. I would like to discuss each category of real estate then will move on to the overall health of Real Estate on Anna Maria Island.

Single family homes on average were flat for 2018. The amount of single families sold (234), average sold price ($1,050,000), and days on market (135) are all flat as compared to results from 2017. One notable difference this year is the amount of single family homes on the market at 179 versus end of 2017 at 139. Average for the last 4 years has been 170 single family homes on the market in December. While a big jump from last year the inventory of 179 falls right in line with a normal year.

Condos for sale on average improved versus 2017. Condos have lagged single family home results so not big surprise condos caught up a little in 2018. More specifically, on average condo prices were up 3%, transactions were flat (131), Days on the market flat (138) and inventory was down 15% (73). If you have been considering selling a condo, now might be a good time to throw your hat into the ring since the average inventory in the last 4 years has been 85 and currently our supply is low.

Multi-family/ Duplexes and Land are all relatively flat as compared to 2017. There is relatively no movement for duplexes however for vacant land there are two noticeable results for 2018. The first is appreciation on average of 6% versus 2017. Fairly significant however the “mix” of sold vacant land could be the culprit as only 9 vacant lots were sold versus an average year of 19 and 2017 of 18. Of course as vacant land becomes more and scarcer on the island this stat is expected to continue to reduce slowly. However I believe escalating building costs and the fact land plus build cost in most cases exceeds the price of relatively new product on Anna Maria Island has contributed to the slowdown in 2018.

Finally where would be in this world without charts? Below is a chart that provides the quarterly sales since 2005. Of course this is the demand side of the Anna Maria Island absorption rate. Sales for the 4th quarter of 2018 is low and the last time we saw transactions for the 4th quarter hovering around 60 was in 2011. 2018 transactions, (397) ended a little higher than the 4 year average of 390 so 2018 for demand was an average year. Red tide is likely the culprit of the 30% drop in sold properties for Q4 and its encouraging our new governor of Florida is taking red tide seriously and within weeks of being sworn in is taking some progressive steps towards ensuring red tide is stamped out. Definitely something we will all keep our eye on for 2019.

As always, email or call if you have further questions. We would love the opportunity to help find your “peace” of paradise on Anna Maria Island or its surrounding areas. Here’s to a prosperous, healthy and red tide free 2019. I very much appreciate your business!

Anna Maria Island Market Conditions for 4th Quarter 2018

 

Anna Maria Island real estate continues to be robust with what seems to be a healthy amount of supply and demand.  Our proprietary inventory absorption metric has spiked in the fourth quarter of 2018 to 11 months of Anna Maria Island real estate for sale but would not characterize the spike as an indicator of problems ahead as we have reached 11 months of inventory for sale on the island several times in the past 5 years.  More specifically 1st and 4th quarter of 2016.  For the last 5 years our real estate for sale has averaged a little more than 8 months on hand.   How well inventory is turning is a great leading indicator for real estate.  It provides a relative measure when supply and demand is out of balance and provides an indicator to watch for movement into a buyer’s market.

For the last five years average transactions per month has ranged from 45 to 22 with the low occurring this quarter at 22.  We have dipped into the twenty’s for number of property transactions 6 out of the last 20 quarters so it is nothing new.  Inventory remains low at 257 so supply and demand continues to remain at what seems to be a healthy balance.  For the last five years our total real estate for sale on Anna Maria Island has ranged from about 350 to 250 properties.  The average for the last five years has been 283 properties for sale at least according to Mid Florida MLS figures.

Happy Holidays!  We hope everyone is staying warm during this cold season.  The island has been unseasonably warm up until December and we are starting to see a few cold snaps and dipping into the 40’s occasionally at night.  Brrr…

Please be sure to call Island Real Estate for your Anna Maria Island real estate needs.  All our sales professionals are full time and we don’t have any weekend warriors dabbling in real estate on the side.   We would love the opportunity to help!